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Justus League CMU hosts rap karaoke in Moore Hall

Justus League CMU, a hip-hop group on campus that explores different genres, movements and culture within music, held a rap karaoke contest in Moore Hall room 101 Saturday.

Ahsha Davis, president of Justus League, kicked off the event by explaining the rules of the contest to the audience. She sang “Killing Me Softly” by Fugees to give the audience an example of how the contest works. 

Davis then picked three judges from the audience to judge performers on how well they could remember the lyrics without looking at the screen, and how long they could keep the flow going. The judges had to rate the performers based on a scale of one-to-five.

The members of the audience were hesitant join in at first, but once a few performers took the lead, people felt more relaxed and joined in on the fun. A few audience members sang solo, while others sang in groups.

At the end of the contest, the judges agreed on two top performers: Detroit juniors Daryl Wallace and Ahsha Davis. The two proceeded to a “rap battle” to see who truly is the better rapper.

In the end, the judges agreed that Davis was the best performer of the night.

The event ended with the performers and the audience joined in together to sing the famous theme song from "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."

Wallace performed multiple times at Saturday’s event. He said he has been rapping live since he was 12 years old. 

“I’ve always been in love with poetry, hip-hop, and music," Wallace said.

Wallace felt Saturday's event was a success. He was glad that there wasn’t a big group of people that showed up, just a small group that was laid back.

Davis has been singing and rapping for fun since she was a kid. She said she felt the event turnout was great. 

“We got to have a great time and just got to be silly and let the stress out," Davis said.

Davis also stated that Justus League will be doing more events like this one in the future—maybe even within the next few months.

Justus League holds meetings at 9 p.m. Mondays in Moore Hall room 111.